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Mihan Hannan

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May 13, 2020

457 / TSS visa sponsors in the time of COVID-19: An employer’s (rough) primer (updated: 13 May 2020)

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, governments all around the world have clamped down the borders in order to stem the transmission of the virus. Australia is no exemption. Having a well-developed immigration program means that failure to comply with obligations (for both visa holder and visa sponsors) can have significant ramifications. Despite a shifting immigration landscape, this article attempts…
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May 8, 2020

A welcome guide: permanent residence in Australia

First of all, congratulations on your Australian permanent residence. In some cases, this could be the culmination of years of effort and dedication. Whatever your journey, welcome to Australia. Now that you are here, this guide provides a few pointers on what it means to be a permanent resident in Australia, and if you choose to, take the next steps…
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April 29, 2020

Australian citizenship and permanent residence for New Zealanders: A Quick (as possible) Guide

The tale of New Zealanders in Australia is a long and convoluted one. Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Once as close as siblings, that relationship has since cooled, with New Zealanders now treated as cousins at best. What is the status of New Zealanders in Australia?…
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April 22, 2020

COVID-19: Visa options for temporary visa holders in Australia with upcoming expiry dates

On 4 April 2020 the Australian government announced a number of updates for temporary visa holders. You can read a summary of these updates here. Among other things, the government advised that: “Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home. For these individuals it's time to go home,…
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April 6, 2020

Coronavirus and Temporary Visa holders (a 4 April 2020 update)

Whilst citizens, permanent residents and many New Zealanders have access to unconditional work rights and government payments (including the new JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments), temporary visa holders do not. This has placed both these visa holders and their employers in a difficult situation. On 4 April 2020 The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and…
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March 30, 2020

457 / TSS visa holders in the time of COVID: A visa holder’s (rough) primer

In response to the COVID outbreak, governments all around the world have clamped down on borders in order to stem the transmission of the virus. Australia is no exemption. Having a well-developed immigration program means that failure to comply with obligations (for both visa holder and visa sponsors) can have significant ramifications. Despite a shifting immigration landscape, this article attempts…
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March 5, 2020

Minimum Salary Level for Singapore Employment Pass to Increase from 1 May 2020

From 1 May 2020 the minimum qualifying monthly salary for Employment Passes in Singapore will be increased to SGD 3,900, up 8.34% percent from the current amount. There are also updates to minimum salary levels for older, more experienced EP holders and for exemptions towards the job advertisement exemption. Renewal applications will only be subject to the new minimum salary…
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January 22, 2020

What’s the status of children born to Australian citizens, permanent residents, or temporary visa holders?

What happens when an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or temporary visa holder has a baby? The immigration status of the child can differ depending on where the child is born. Children born in Australia Where at least one parent is an Australian citizen Under s 12 of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) (Citizenship Act), a child born in Australia…
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January 17, 2020

Singapore imposes harsher penalties for employers in breach of local worker recruitment laws

After recent changes to the Fair Work Consideration Framework (FCF), from 1 January 2020 employers with foreign workers who are deemed guilty of workplace discrimination face stricter penalties and higher fines. What does this mean for companies with foreign workers? Employers making applications for Employment Pass applications are required to advertise positions paying below SGD 15,000 per month on the…